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Lakeshore Owners get Weed Warnings

Historic low water levels in White Bear Lake has exposed up to 150 feet of dry lake bed in front of many homes. State officials say the exposed beach is considered lake bottom and most maintenance operations need permits. 25 warnings and one citation have been issued by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to homeowners who have mowed, raked, and chemically treated the ground.

DNR Central Region Enforcement Manager Captain Greg Salo said that vegetation; primarily bulrush established a foundation during low water levels and flourishes during wet years. Ducks and fish like to feed on the vegetation and live in the weeded areas and removal of the bulrush hurts fish and waterfowl habitat.
 


 
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Flooding raises pollution fears - Swamped farm fields and gorged rivers could worsen pollution worries for the flooded Lake Champlain because of the high amount of phosphorus that has washed into it. Heavy rains and snowmelt have caused the Winooski River to dump into the lake about 77 metric tons of phosphorus – that is more phosphorous than the amount that is discharged into the lake from all 60 wastewater treatment plants.


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